Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
One Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor and one MLK Visiting Scholar have been named for 2003-04, joining four continuing MLK Visiting Professors and one MLK Scholar on campus.
The new MLK Visiting Professor is Koffi N. Maglo, an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati and a consultant for the National Human Genome Center at Howard University. Maglo received the Ph.D. in philosophy and M.A.s in philosophy and education from the University of Burgundy in France. He earned B.A.s in philosophy and education from the University of Benin (Togo).
Maglo has been a visiting professor at Moravian College and a visiting scholar at Pennsylvania State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He will be an MLK Visiting Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy through May 2004.
The new MLK Visiting Scholar is Patricia Powell, who has published four novels and taught writing at Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Brown University. She earned the B.A. in English from Wellesley College in 1988 and the M.F.A. in creative writing from Brown in 1991. Powell's appointment in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies runs through May 2004.
The continuing professors are:
--Xavier de Souza Briggs, assistant professor of public policy at Harvard University. He holds an appointment in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) through May 2004.
--Jonathan D. Farley, an associate professor of applied mathematics at Vanderbilt University, who will be an MLK Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics through December 2004.
--Olufemi Olowolafe, an associate professor in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Delaware. He will be an MLK Visiting Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering through December 2003.
--Arlie O. Petters, Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, who will be an MLK Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics through June 2004.
The continuing scholar is Mark Lloyd, civil rights advocate, lawyer and journalist, who will be in DUSP through May 2004.
Complete biographies of the continuing visiting professors and scholar are available at http://web.mit.edu/mlking/www/vpp.html.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 8, 2003.